We know the risks with Ridley. Patriots coach Bill Belichick could decide this is the week to feature Brandon Bolden or rookie James White. He could make this a Tom Brady showcase game and throw at will, with Shane Vereen dominating playing time. Or Ridley could fumble in the first quarter, which has happened before, and all those potential Fantasy points will be sitting on the bench.
But we have confidence in Ridley this week. He's coming off his best game since Week 9 of last year when he had 25 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota. The Patriots were sitting on a lead, and Ridley was the hammer killing the clock.
The Raiders are making the dreaded cross-country trip for a 1 p.m. ET start, and their run defense has already been shredded in two games by Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Arian Foster. All three running backs scored at least 14 Fantasy points in a standard league, with Ivory and Foster gaining over 100 rushing yards and a touchdown.
We hope Ridley – and more importantly Belichick – doesn't let us down. But based on the matchup and how he performed last week, we're willing to take a chance.
For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
Ridley should be in line for another big effort in Week 3 vs. the Raiders.
Vereen led the team with 36 yards on seven carries, cashing in a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He caught five passes for 35 yards. Ridley ran eight times for 21 yards and had two receptions for 7 yards.
Ridley led the team with eight carries, but couldn't do much with it. He rushed for 21 yards and added just two receptions for 7 yards in the loss, and ceded goal-line work to Shane Vereen -- who also finished with two more touches than Ridley.
Ridley's workload tends to fluctuate, so he will be looking for more success when the Patriots take on the Vikings in Week 2.
After averaging just 3.9 yards per carry in the preseason and losing time due to fumble issues,
Ridley has a solid track record against the Dolphins in his three seasons, rushing for an average of 53.7 yards per game while scoring four times in six games. He has scored at least 13 Fantasy points in three of his last four games against the Dolphins, though had just 34 yards total in a Week 15 matchup a year ago, during the middle of his worst slump of the season.
There was some concern about Ridley's role on the team after his rough preseason, but he is set to open the season as the team's first option in the running game. Both Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg have Ridley ranked among the top-24 running backs in Week 1, and he should be considered a solid starting option this Sunday.
|4||9/29/14||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/16/14||@ IND||8:30 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ GB||4:25 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ SD||8:30 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||87||441||5.1||33||1||5||18|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||290||1263||4.4||41||12||6||82|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||6||178||773||4.3||29||7||3||39|
|2014||New England Patriots||2||2||33||122||3.7||16||1||0||6|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||3||13||4.3||8||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||6||51||8.5||20||0||1||0||2|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||6||10||62||6.2||24||0||1||0||2|
|2014||New England Patriots||2||2||2||7||3.5||4||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||7||152||21.7||32||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||2||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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